Birder's Guide

MAY 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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33 May 2016 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community president of the Friends. The group supports its refuges in a variety of ways, from running a nature store at the visitor center of William L. Finley NWR to organizing events and perform- ing maintenance. The Friends and its members (which include many birders) are frequently the public face of the refuges, as they staff the store at the head- quarters area and conduct outreach on behalf of the refuge. For example, the Friends orga- nized a celebration of the 50th anniversary of William L. Finley NWR in 2014, which includ- ed events for children, guided walks highlight- ing restoration achievements for threatened or endangered species on and off the refuge, and food and entertainment for visitors. As with the store, all proceeds from events are invested back into the refuges. Mr. Spencer, who has seen the work of Friends groups from the perspective of FWS and as a leader of a Friends group, is optimis- tic regarding the Friends group he leads and n Some people become birders because of volun- teer work at NWRs. Lynne Braden (middle), volun- teered at Bosque del Apache NWR, utilizing one of the RV hookup sites at the refuge (bottom). She has staffed the visitor center (top) and assisted with tours and with photography workshops. She is now a birder with a Sibley guide, an eBird account, and a blog (winnieviews.blogspot.com). Photos © Lynne Braden

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